The Coronavirus pandemic has devastated the global community and requires an urgent response. The pandemic has become a growing feminist crisis, exacerbating already existing inequalities.
MORE often, women and girls human rights are threatened during times of crisis and conflict. COVID-19 is no exception. The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) together with its staff and partners, worked collectively to this global pandemic to ensure staff safety and at the same time deliver on the commitments made to the donors. FWRM’s response has been towards minimising risks and innovative thinking for redesigning of projects and programmes towards COVID-19 related work.
FWRM stands in solidarity with human rights defenders and activists in Fiji, the Pacific and globally. In this time of crisis, we will work collectively with our partners, allies, friends and relevant stakeholders towards ensuring human rights are being protected and that no one is left behind.
Eight NGOs and CSOs from across different areas in Fiji have come together to form the Fiji CSO Alliance for COVID-19 Humanitarian Response. At the core of our work, are the rights and dignity of all.
The aim of this Alliance is to build on existing partnerships and allies to coordinate COVID-19 response efforts, information and analysis and provide support to each other in whatever way we can.
The Secretariat is hosted by the Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM) with a core working group of five staff members.
FWRM is the Secretariat of the Fiji CSO Alliance for COVID-19 Response.
FWRM has been closely monitoring the situation and is currently working overtime as the Chair and Secretariat of the NGO Coalition on Human Rights to highlight key human rights concerns that have emerged during this crisis. The Members of the NGOCHR include the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (FWCC), Fiji Women's Rights Movement, Citizens Constitutional Forum (CCF), FemLink Pacific and Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy (ECREA). Pacific Network on Globalization (PANG), Social Empowerment and Education Program (SEEP), Haus of Khameleon (HoK) and Diverse Voices and Action for Equality Fiji (DIVA) are observers.